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HIV/AIDS

25 February 2011

Statins may help HIV patients

Preliminary research suggests that statins restrain the immune systems of HIV patients and may stave off progression of the Aids-causing virus.

Preliminary research suggests that statins restrain the immune systems of HIV patients and may stave off progression of the Aids-causing virus.

Scientists have wondered if statins' anti-inflammatory properties might have benefits for HIV patients besides reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. In the new study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health, researchers recruited 24 participants to randomly take either a high dose of Lipitor (atorvastatin) or a placebo.

HIV patients and statins: the study

 

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